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Friday February 16, 2018

President Trump's Proposed Budget Is Bad for U.S. National Security
americanprogress.org | author | older, 03/01/17

There are several issues surrounding President Trump's proposed defense budget increase, starting with the fact that U.S. defense spending is already incredibly high: It currently accounts for more than one-third of the world's total military expenditures. According to the latest numbers from the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the United States spent $604.5 billion on defense in 2016, more than four times the next-biggest spender, China, which spent $145 billion, and more than 10 times the third-biggest spender, Russia, which spent $58.9 billion. Further, the U.S. armed forces are already strong. According to Michael O'Hanlon and retired Gen. David Petraeus, "the United States has the best military in the world today, by far. ... Read more
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U.S. government spends 90% of its cyber budget attacking people and only 10% on defense.

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer
NYT | Max Fisher | older, 11/07/17

But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America's fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many mass shootings? Perhaps, some speculate, it is because American society is unusually violent. Or its racial divisions have frayed the bonds of society. Or its citizens lack proper mental care under a health care system that draws frequent derision abroad.

These explanations share one thing in common: Though seemingly sensible, all have been debunked by research on shootings elsewhere in the world. Instead, an ever-growing body of research consistently reaches the same conclusion.

The only variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns. ... Read more
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America's Mass Shooting Problem EXPLAINED | TYT | 02/15/18 | 20:02

My son was a Columbine shooter - Good
Sue Klebold -> My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story. | TEDTalk | 02/27/17 | 15:18
Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and a teacher. She's spent years excavating every detail of her family life, trying to understand what she could have done to prevent her son's violence. In this difficult, jarring talk, Klebold explores the intersection between mental health and violence, advocating for parents and professionals to continue to examine the link between suicidal and homicidal thinking.

Inside the Senate's ugly immigration breakdown
Politics | Burgess Everett | 02/16/18

The failure of a months-long effort to help Dreamers is the latest display of legislative ineptitude.

A conservative senator from Oklahoma with a youthful visage, Lankford had been working since September to help so-called Dreamers. The 49-year-old Lankford dutifully attended bipartisan meetings, cobbling together ideas and trying to enlist support for a bipartisan deal. But when the group showed him the latest draft of their plan Tuesday night, Lankford was stunned. It was far from what he had expected.

"I looked through the outlines of the proposal and realized: 'This is nothing close to what we've talked about,'" Lankford said. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 16 [10:27]
When Will This Stop? 17 Shot Dead in Florida School Massacre, the 18th School Shooting of Year | DN | 02/15/18 | 15:53
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 16 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Trump Blames Mental Illness for Parkland Shooting, Ignores Easy Gun Access & Loose Background Checks
  3. White Supremacy, Patriarchy and Guns: FL Shooter Had Record of Death Threats, Violence Against Women
  4. Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's New President, Known for Moving Profits to Offshore Tax Havens
Economist John Weeks -> Democratic institutions are not under stress--they're under aggressive attack, as unconstrained financial greed overrides democratic decisions | TRNN | 02/16/18 | 25:09
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Charter School Principal: No Evidence Privatization Is Better For Students | TRNN | 02/15/18 | 13:07
Congress To Make Mass Shootings Even Easier | TYT | 02/15/18 | 3:55
Republican Tells THE TRUTH About Gun Control | TYT | 02/15/18 | 6:43
Friday News Roundup -- Domestic | 1a.org | 02/16/18 | 1hr
  1. We'll get the latest from Florida after a deadly school shooting. There have been the usual calls for thoughts and prayers, but at least one survivor has asked for something more.
  2. U.S. intelligence officials gave a dire warning about upcoming elections and Russian interests.
  3. In other international competitions, there was high drama at the Olympics.
Friday News Roundup -- International | 1a.org | 02/16/18 | 1hr
  1. A number of longtime world leaders made headlines this week
  2. South African President Jacob Zuma resigned. Zimbabwe lost a man of conscience and courage with the death of Morgan Tsvangirai. And the future of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes under more doubt.
  3. And why is Australia's Prime Minister banning sex between his ministers and their staff?
Trump Uses MS-13 To 'Sell Draconian Overhauls Of Border Issues,' Journalist Says | NPR Fresh Air | 02/15/18 | 1hr

Donald Trump Words On Gun Tragedy Ring Hollow Given Past Legislation | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/15/18 | 12:37
Donald Trump Team Uses Gun Tragedy As Cover, Reveals Financial Documents | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/15/18 | 9:29
Joe: Why Is President Donald Trump Impotent When It Comes To This? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/16/18 | 8:55
Joe: President Donald Trump Knows Another Shooting Is Coming | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/16/18 | 8:12
WH briefing gets heated over school shooting question | CNN | 02/15/18 | 5:41
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
This Week in Chaos: Nunes & BIEs | Samantha Bee | 02/07/18 | 6:58
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on School Shooting in Parkland, Florida | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/15/18 | 4:49
We are all reeling after yet another senseless shooting that took place at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people lost their lives and more than a dozen are hospitalized. Donald Trump gave a speech addressing the tragic events saying that no child or teacher should be afraid of their lives while at school. Jimmy agrees with Trump but in order to fix this SOMETHING has to be done. We need real laws that keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids. These Congressmen and lobbyists don't work for the NRA, they work for us. If you want to help go to www.everytown.org and write to your representatives. If they don't listen, vote them out.

02.16.2018. 11:11

Thursday February 15, 2018

We're Averaging One School Shooting Every 60 Hours In 2018
HP | Lydia O'Connor | 02/14/18

That's an average of one school shooting every 60 hours thus far in 2018, more than double the number of school shootings recorded in any of the previous three years in that same period. Those numbers are according to data compiled by the gun control advocacy organization Everytown for Gun Safety, which defines a school shooting as any time a firearm is discharged on or around a campus.

Details are still emerging about what happened during Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but as of 6:30 pm., at least 15 people had been reported dead. President Donald Trump has spoken vaguely about the need to curb shootings, saying after the Las Vegas massacre in October that the U.S. would start "talking about gun laws as time goes by." ... Read more
290 School Shootings In America Since 2013 | everytownresearch.org | current | graph

BREAKING: Florida Mass Shooting Suspect In Custody | TYT | 02/14/18 | 9:56
Las Vegas Autopsies Reveal The True Brutality Of Mass Shootings | HP | 02/14/18 | article
Media coverage often serves to sanitize the graphic, uncomfortable reality of these tragedies. Maybe we don't deserve the privilege of that comfort.

How Should We Approach - China?
The Coming War on China
The Coming War on China | good | 1:23:00
Death by China: Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action by Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro is a Harvard Ph.D. economist and professor of public policy at the University of California, Irvine. His latest book Death By China is a sequel to his best-selling book The Coming China Wars and is now a documenatry film. In addition to his work on China, Professor Navarro has written numerous books on strategically managing the business cycle from both an executive and a stock trading point of view. ...

Crouching Tiger: What China's Militarism Means for the World by Peter Navarro

Will there be war with China? This book provides the most complete and accurate assessment of the probability of conflict between the United States and the rising Asian superpower. Equally important, it lays out an in-depth analysis of the possible pathways to peace. Written like a geopolitical detective story, the narrative encourages reader interaction by starting each chapter with an intriguing question that often challenges conventional wisdom.

Based on interviews with more than thirty top experts, the author highlights a number of disturbing facts about China's recent military buildup and the shifting balance of power in Asia: the Chinese are deploying game-changing "carrier killer" ballistic missiles; some of America's supposed allies in Europe and Asia are selling highly lethal weapons systems to China in a perverse twist on globalization; and, on the U.S. side, debilitating cutbacks in the military budget send a message to the world that America is not serious about its "pivot to Asia."

In the face of these threatening developments, the book stresses the importance of maintaining US military strength and preparedness and strengthening alliances, while warning against a complacent optimism that relies on economic engagement, negotiations, and nuclear deterrence to ensure peace.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 15 [13:35]
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Trump's Immoral Budget Punishes the Poor, Sick & Elderly | DN | 02/14/18 | 13:21
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  1. Headlines
  2. When Will This Stop? 17 Shot Dead in Florida School Massacre, the 18th School Shooting of Year
  3. Republican Lawmakers Refuse to Adopt Gun Control Despite 200 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook
  4. Kept Out: Banks Across U.S. Caught Systematically Rejecting People of Color for Home Loans
Trump's Infrastructure Fantasy a Gift to His Donors | TRNN | 02/15/18 | 11:16
Anti-Immigrant Trump Only Hires Foreign Workers | TYT | 02/14/18 | 9:50
17 Killed In Deadliest School Shooting Since Sandy Hook | 1a.org | 02/15/18 | 1hr
A school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has left 17 students dead. The shooter is in custody. The investigation is in the early stages.
Policing The Police | 1a.org | 02/15/18 | 1hr
The Gun Trace Task Force is an elite unit of the Baltimore Police Department charged with getting illegal firearms off the streets. But a day on the job for several of its members included illegal searches and seizures of thousands of dollars, jailing innocent civilians, dealing illicit drugs or weapons and falsifying payroll documents.

Many of their tactics increased citizens' fear and resentment of officers and did nothing to abate the city's violent crime rate. Eight members of the task force were indicted last year. This week, two were convicted of racketeering, robbery and fraud. They face up to 60 years in prison.

There is an official call to disband the entire Baltimore PD, something the mayor says won't happen. Something to that effect has been implemented in Oakland and Camden, New Jersey -- but can you change a culture of high-level corruption without wiping the slate clean?

Joe: We Are In The Midst Of An Epidemic Of Mass Shootings | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/15/18 | 7:17

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Heroes of "The 15:17 to Paris" - Extended Interview | Trevor Noah | 02/15/18 | 7:17
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Trump's Lawyer Paid Off Stormy Daniels | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/14/18 | 2:02

02.15.2018. 10:17

Wednesday February 14, 2018

Senate immigration debate quickly stalls
Politico | Burgess Everett | 02/13/18

And Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is giving senators only one week to find a solution for Dreamers.

The Senate's much-anticipated immigration debate stalled on Tuesday with party leaders feuding over how to even begin. And there may not be much time left to reach a deal, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate's work on a solution to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be limited to this week. ...

... McConnell twice attempted to set up floor votes on a sanctuary cities amendment from Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and a competing proposal chosen by Democrats. But Democrats objected, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) saying the Toomey language "doesn't address Dreamers, nor does it address border security" -- the two basic elements underpinning this week's debate over the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who will soon be at risk of deportation. ... Read more
Mitch McConnell Tricks The Democrats Again | TYT | 02/13/18 | 7:37

Jeremy Scahill's Podcast
Jeremy Scahill -> Share America's Distribution of Violence | TheIntercept | 02/14/18 | 1hr

Trump Attorney Michael Cohen: I Paid Porn Star Stormy Daniels
HP | Ed Mazza | 02/14/18

Michael Cohen, personal attorney for President Donald Trump, told The New York Times on Tuesday that he paid Stephanie Clifford (a.k.a. porn star Stormy Daniels)$130,000 in 2016. However, he insisted that the money was his own.

"Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly," Cohen told the newspaper. "The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone." ... Read more

Trump Still Hasn't Chosen A Science Adviser -- After 390 Days In Office.
Military | Military Budgets
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China Valley of Tunnels

China Valley of Tunnels

A report written by a Georgetown University team led by Phillip Karber conducted a three-year study to map out China's complex tunnel system, which stretches 5,000 km (3,000 miles). The report determined that the stated Chinese nuclear arsenal is understated and as many as 3,000 nuclear warheads may be stored in the underground tunnel network.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 14 [10:51]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 14 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Two Reuters Journalists Face 14 Years in Burmese Prison After Exposing Massacre of Rohingya Muslims
  3. Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Trump's Immoral Budget Punishes the Poor, Sick & Elderly
  4. As Lawmakers Debate Future of DACA, What Will It Take for Democrats to Protect DREAMers?
  5. As Porter Domestic Violence Scandal Roils WH, Lawmakers Demand Kelly's Ouster & Trump's Impeachment
  6. V-Day: Global Movement to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls Marks 20th Anniversary
Col. Larry Wilkerson -> From Trump Parade to Budget, There's 'Too Much Military' | TRNN | 02/13/18 | 10:38
Trump Wants To Replace Food Stamps With Food Boxes | TYT | 02/13/18 | 6:47
How Much Are Drugmakers To Blame For The Opioid Crisis? | 1a.org | 02/14/18 | 1hr
According to a 23-page document from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, pharmaceutical companies funneled millions to pain-treatment advocacy groups who then turned around and promoted prescription painkillers to their clients. (See below for the full report.)
Purdue Pharma says its representatives have stopped marketing Oxycotin to physicians, but is that too little, too late?

In 2016, at least 42,000 Americans died after overdosing on opioids. The drug killed more people that year than falls, guns or car accidents -- and it isn't slowing down.
Fresh Air
Joshua Green -> Devil's Bargin | NPR | 02/13/18 | 1hr

Joe: Institutions 1, Chaos 0 After FBI Director Christopher Wray's Hearing | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/14/18 | 16:32
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Even George W. Bush Sees Evidence Of Russia Meddling | Stephen Colbert | 02/09/18 | 6:11

02.14.2018. 09:08

Tuesday February 13, 2018

White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits
NYT | Julie Hirschfeld Davis | 02/12/18

Trump sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget proposal on Monday outlining steep cuts to domestic programs, large increases in military spending and a ballooning federal deficit that illustrates how far Republicans have strayed from their longtime embrace of balanced budgets. ...

... The White House budget request would add $984 billion to the federal deficit next year, despite proposed cuts to programs like Medicare and food stamps and despite leaner budgets across federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. ... Read more
Trump's Deficit-Bursting Budget Revealed | TYT | 02/12/18 | 9:13

Weinstein Forced Staff to Corner Starlets, Schedule Sex, Inject Erection Drugs, New York Attorney General Claims
Daily Beast | Olivia Messer | 02/12/18

Shocking allegations about the alleged serial sexual harasser were submitted in a suit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The complaint was filed in New York County Supreme Court late Sunday. It alleges stunning violations of the state's human rights, civil rights, and business laws.

It claims Weinstein "regularly berated women using gender-based obscenities"--calling female employees "c--t" or "pussy" instead of using their first names when he was angry. In addition to the sexual harassment, bullying, and allegations of sexual assault, Weinstein allegedly threatened the lives of his employees, saying "I will kill your family," and, "You don't know what I can do."

Weinstein often bragged about his connection to political figures and said he had "contacts within the Secret Service that could take care of problems," the lawsuit alleges. ... Read more
SHOCKING New Harvey Weinstein Allegations | TYT | 02/12/18 | 8:09

Rob Porter's ex-wife: I don't think he's changed | CNN | 02/09/18 | 26:40

The Stock Market Swings Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Our Rigged Economy
TheIntercept | Kate Aronoff, Ryan Grim | 02/08/18

... That theory about unemployment in a capitalist economy is relevant to how analysts are pulling apart the two-day collapse of the stock market that began Friday, and its subsequent wild swings. Market watchers have said flat-out that the crash was triggered by a new jobs report released Friday that showed that wages, nearly a decade into the recovery, might finally be starting to rise.

Now, when analysts say that the Dow Jones industrial average went up or down for this or that reason, they are often just guessing. What specifically moves a body as complex as the stock market is in some ways unknowable, but it is useful to explore the cause being ascribed to last week's crash -- rising wages -- apart from its implications for the market. What it says about the way our economy is structured is much more profound. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 13 [15:23]
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  2. "It's Hard to Believe, But Syria's War Is Getting Worse": World Powers Clash as Civilian Deaths Soar
  3. As Deadly Flu Sweeps Country, Koch-Backed Group Fights Paid Sick Leave Policies Nationwide
Professor Christine Hong -> Koreas Talk Peace, But Does Trump Want War? | TRNN | 02/13/18 | 13:03
Economist Michael Hudson - > Trump Privatizes America | TRNN | 02/12/18 | 14:52
The News With Dan Rather - Ep.004 | TYT | 02/12/18 | 30:00
#MeToo's Next Step | 1a.org | 02/13/18 | 1hr
In just a few months, the #MeToo movement has affected nearly every major institution and industry. It has led to the resignations or firings of men accused of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct in entertainment, government, the military, the church and various other institutions and fields. And it has had effects outside of the United States.

Women continue to speak up, and powerful men continue to face accusations. This has begun to spark a backlash, and a number of questions.
  1. After [the Aziz Ansari story and its subsequent debate]: What constitutes misconduct?
  2. After White House Aide Rob Porter left his job: How does domestic abuse fit into the movement?
  3. And with the state of New York suing Harvey Weinstein: What role does law enforcement have?
But the biggest question, which has been asked since the movement was only a few weeks old: What next?

White House Security Clearances In The Spotlight | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/13/18 | 15:46
White House Deflects On Rob Porter | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/13/18 | 8:10
Opinion | John Kelly's cover-up is no better than the crime | WashingtonPost | 02/09/18 | 2:44

02.13.2018. 11:08

Monday February 12, 2018

U.S. Secretly Negotiated With Russians Buy Stolen NSA Documents -- and the Russians Offered Trump-Related Material, Too
TheIntercept | James Risen | 02/09/18

The United States intelligence community has been conducting a top-secret operation to recover stolen classified U.S. government documents from Russian operatives, according to sources familiar with the matter. The operation has also inadvertently yielded a cache of documents purporting to relate to Donald Trump and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Over the past year, American intelligence officials have opened a secret communications channel with the Russian operatives, who have been seeking to sell both Trump-related materials and documents stolen from the National Security Agency and obtained by Russian intelligence, according to people involved with the matter and other documentary evidence. The channel started developing in early 2017, when American and Russian intermediaries began meeting in Germany. Eventually, a Russian intermediary, apparently representing some elements of the Russian intelligence community, agreed to a deal to sell stolen NSA documents back to the U.S. while also seeking to include Trump-related materials in the package. ... Read more

Jeremy Scahill -> Jim Risen Goes Inside the NSA's Secret Channel to Russia | TheIntercept | 02/12/18 | 1hr

Trump's $4 Trillion Budget Proposal Unveiled: Here Are The Main Highlights
ZeroHedge | author | 02/12/18

... While we await the full release, Bloomberg has noted that Trump's FY19 budget proposal calls for $1.7t in cuts to mandatory spending and receipts and a 2% yearly reduction in non-defense discretionary budget after 2019. As part of the mandatory spending, the budget projects $237 billion in savings from Medicare over 10 years. ...

Or summarized:

  1. Budget request calls for $716b for defense and includes a 2.6% pay raise for troops
  2. $80b in IT and cyber- funding as well as $210m for a technology modernization fund
  3. Nearly $17b in opioid-related spending in 2019, including $10b in new funding for HHS
  4. Requests $18b for border wall construction
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The military says there have been 32 nuclear accidents over the years, the DOE say we have had over 1,000.
Command and Control Documentary 2017 | PBS | 12/01/17 | 1:13:09
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Wall Street and Banksters
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Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist

The name Jack Abramoff is synonymous with Washington scandal, but the fascinating facts of his case are either largely unknown or wildly misunderstood. His memoir will serve as a corrective - an engrossing, informative work of political nonfiction that is also a gripping real-life thriller. The biggest surprise twist comes in the form of Abramoff himself, a smart, funny, charming, clear-eyed narrator who confounds every expectation of the media's villainous portrait. He's a perfect bundle of contradictions: an Orthodox Jew and upstanding family man with a staunch moral streak, caught in multiple scandals of bribery and corruption with an undercurrent of murder. Abramoff represented Indian tribes whose lucrative casinos were constantly under threat from proposed changes in law; though he charged the tribes many millions, he saved them billions by ensuring votes to support the livelihoods of their reservations. Much of Jack's share was funneled not into his own coffers, but to charities. Abramoff on the front pages could not be further from the Jack Abramoff who's ready to tell his honest and compelling story.
How Lobbying Works in Government: Jack Abramoff on Law School, Money, Gifts, Travel, Finance (2011) | FilmArchives | | 1:25:23
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 12 [17:00]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Scores of Democratic Lawmakers Join GOP to Back Budget Bill with No Protection for DREAMers
  3. Olympics Begin with Unified Korean Team Marching Together as Trump Continues to Threaten N. Korea
  4. Lawrence Wilkerson: I Helped Sell the False Choice of War with Iraq; It's Happening Again with Iran
Bob Pollan -> Unregulated Financial Markets Created a Stock Bubble | TRNN | 02/12/18 | 15:28
Bill Black -> Federal Government Abdicates Responsibility for Investigating Massive Equifax Data Theft | TRNN | 02/12/18 | 12:44
Economist Patrick Bond -> Corporate Looting: Sub-Saharan Africa Loses $100B A Year | TRNN | 02/12/18 | 14:42
Koch Bros Will Reap Hundreds of Millions From Tax Cuts | TYT | 02/11/18 | 3:33
Kellyanne's 'Opioid Cabinet' Ignoring Experts | TYT | 02/09/18 | 9:33
The Courts Draw The Line For Gerrymandering | 1a.org | 02/12/18 | 1hr
The state Supreme Court threw out Pennsylvania's old maps, ruling they violated the state's constitution and favored one party over another (in this case, the GOP). Control over district lines is so valuable in the Keystone state, one lawmaker suggested booting out unfriendly judges to maintain the old maps. But instead, a new set of maps has been introduced, and The Washington Post says they're "just as gerrymandered" as the last maps.

From a partisan standpoint, in other words, the new map is almost exactly like the old one. Under the existing map, Democratic House candidates have routinely received roughly 50 percent of the statewide popular House vote but only five of the state's 18 House seats. The new map is unlikely to change that.

State Republicans deny this is a partisan tactic. And since the state constitution gives lawmakers the power to draw maps, why shouldn't the controlling party do so? After all, both sides can benefit from having control over the maps.

But this could change soon. The Supreme Court is considering two cases that will likely determine the future of political mapping. These decisions could not only shift the balance of power in Washington, they could fundamentally change how politics are practiced across the country.

President Donald Trump Support Takes Hit After Rob Porter's Abuse Allegations | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/12/18 | 11:49
Why Chief of Staff John Kelly's Days In The White House Could Be Numbered | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/12/18 | 8:31
Rattner: Country's Budget Deficits Headed For $2 Trillion | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/12/18 | 6:04
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
One Week Older: Trump Should Totally Talk To Mueller | Stephen Colbert | 02/09/18 | 4:27
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Of Course Trump Wants to Throw Himself a Military Parade | Trevor Noah | 02/08/18 | 5:53
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Wants a Military Parade, Lies About Immigration | Trevor Noah | 02/08/18 | 9:51

02.12.2018. 13:23

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A report written by a Georgetown University team led by Phillip Karber conducted a three-year study to map out China’s complex tunnel system, which stretches 5,000 km (3,000 miles). The report determined that the stated Chinese nuclear arsenal is understated and as many as 3,000 nuclear warheads may be stored in the underground tunnel network.

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